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If you smell what Barack is cooking

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 I was once a staunch supporter of Obama, but I became disappointed in his policies once he was actually in office.  He ran as a progressive reformer, but governed as a center-right functionalist, enacting the same policies and even describing himself as a moderate Republican.  During the end of his tenure, I found myself agreeing with Cornel West.
 
Obama took us from bombing two countries to seven.  He did away with Habeus Corpus.  His drone strikes killed 90% innocent civilians.  He bailed out Wall Street and corporations deemed too big to fail, but not the working class.  Most of the benefits of his economic recovery went to the top 1%.  He massively expanded the fossil fuel industry and hydraulic fracking.  He purposely gave us a Republican healthcare plan that was a giveaway to the insurance companies, as opposed to single-payer.  He pushed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which like NAFTA would have shipped countless jobs overseas and allowed companies to strip workers of their rights.  He increased the militarization of the police across the country.  He let police beat in the heads of peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters and the water protectors protesting DAPL.  And he did it all with flowery rhetoric, platitudes, and a charming smile on his face.
 
The fact of the matter is that Obama paved the way for Trump.  His neoliberal incrementalist philosophy left many in the working class behind, including his own base and those who had voted for him twice.  People were frustrated, angry, and desperate, and decided that instead of voting for the establishment candidate, they would roll the dice on a political newcomer like Trump because he promised change, just like Obama had eight years prior.
 
The end result of Obama's presidency was that he put America to sleep while passing corporatist policies and trade deals that neglected or downright harmed the working class.  He did a couple of good things, like the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Accord, and one could argue the ACA was a net benefit, although it was a Band-Aid on a bleeding wound.  When Trump took over, the mainstream media feared the apocalypse and cast him as a uniquely dangerous threat to our democracy; but he has done little more than continue or exacerbate the terrible policies of his predecessors.
 
Besides, even if you once supported someone, you have to be willing to make fun of them and criticize them when they deserve it.

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Your analysis has the ring of truth.  It's not at all funny.  Just true.  I'm depressed.


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You'd think that every now an then there would be a world leader who would use his or her time in power to introduce some world-changing legislation but no - within a year of their election they are campaigning for a second term and passing legislation that favours the people who are donating cash to the campaign.


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We have all said this before.  In a two horse race, what does it matter which horse wins -- if they have the same owner?  


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